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New York by Edward Rutherfurd
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Jul 29, 2011

it was amazing

This is an epic tale covering generations of New York families, mainly focusing on the descendants of a fictional Dutch Van Dyck family who eventually intermingle with a British line and become the Masters. The story does an excellent job covering several centuries of New York history and although the upper-class Master family is the most dominant family depricted, the author manages to also give us a fair idea of how immigrant Italian, black and Jewish families similarly survived and/or prospered during various periods of the city's colorful and dynamic history. The individual stories, although fictional, are gripping and suspenseful enough to keep you reading along and the historical research and vivid descriptions of the city (which is the real protagonist here) make you feel as if you know the city yourself like a local. Overall, as a history buff I found it both informative and entertaining.

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